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Carpet installation in a 1967 Camaro

REPLACING CARPET AND FLOOR INSULATION

Story Larry Weiner - May 01, 2011 09:00 AM

ImageWe can do better than this. The original carpeting has sun fading and stains.
Image1 Prior to removing the bolts that retain the front bucket seats, note how the original carpeting hides them.
Image2 Pull back on carpeting to reveal the front bolts. There are two front bolts, one located at the front of the outside seat track and one at the front of the inside seat track.
Image3 Pull back on carpeting to reveal the two rear bolts. Like the front, one is located at the back of the outside seat track and one at the back of the inside seat track.
Image4 Remove the four self-tapping screws holding the shift boot and retaining ring. Next, unscrew the two bolts that fasten the shift arm to the shifter mechanism and remove the shift arm.
Image5 Remove the ashtray at the rear of the console to access the console rear retaining bolt and remove it with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Image6 Open the console lid to reveal the center retaining bolt and unscrew it with a Phillips head screwdriver.
Image7 Remove two small Phillips screws that are located on either side of the console toward the front.
Image8 This Camaro is equipped with the optional gauge package that is mounted at the front of the console. The harness plug for the gauges is located at the bottom of the dash, just above the console. Carefully separate the male and female ends.
Image9 Unscrew the oil pressure line compression fitting from the back of the gauge. The console is now ready for removal.
Image10 Remove the rear seat lower cushion by pushing back and then pulling up on lower edge to release the seat from the left and right retaining hooks that are mounted on the floor.
Image11 Locate the metal retainers on the left and right lower corners of the upper seat back. Note that they are folded over the seat frame.
Image12 Straighten the metal retainers.
Image13 Unscrew the two bolts that also retain the seat frame. Remove the seat back by lifting it up off the three metal hooks on the leading edge of the package tray and pulling forward.
Image14 Remove the sill plates and the bolts from the front seat belts, and you’re ready to remove the carpeting. Note the general fading on the exposed areas compared to where the carpet was protected by the console.
Image15 As we removed the carpeting, we found the original manufacturer’s tags still on the back.
Image16 With carpeting removed, the underlayment is revealed.
Image17 Carefully remove the underlayment. Fortunately, there was no damage to the right front floor from the leak. Scrape the adhesive used to bond the underlayment to the floor, vacuum all debris, wash the surface with fresh water and dry thoroughly with a clean cloth in preparation for installing the Quiet Ride Solutions insulation kit. It is important that the surface temperature of the metal be at least 70 degrees when installing the kit. The red on the floor is the remaining residue from the original factory applied adhesive.
Image18 This is the Quiet Ride Solutions GM F-Body AcoustiShield pre-cut floor insulation kit for 1967-1969 Camaro coupe and convertible applications.
Image19 The kit comes with detailed instructions.
Image20 Place the pre-cut Dynamat damper pads and strips on the floor per the diagram in the instructions. Each damper pad and strip is marked with a letter that corresponds with the instructions to identify its proper location on the floor of the vehicle.
Image21 Peel the protective film from the Dynamat damper pads and strips, then place in the correct location on the floor of the vehicle. Pressure roll each pad and strip, using the roller provided with the kit.
Image22 Position each of the pre-cut heat shield insulation sections on the floor where they will be installed. Make sure that the sections butt tightly to each other. Mark and trim for items such as seatbelt anchor bolts, console mounting bolts and seat track mounting bolts at this time. Because each vehicle is optioned differently, some cutting and trimming may be necessary. In the case of this Camaro, we had to cut openings for the floor shift and console mounting brackets.
Image23 With the heat shield insulation sections in place, remove each one and spray glue on the floor of the vehicle and the fibrous side of the heat shield with the spray glue provided in the kit. Reinstall each of the sections in the correct place, being sure to butt the sections tightly.
Image24 With the heat shield insulation sections in place and properly butted to each other, measure the correct length of aluminum foil tape from the roll in the kit. Tape every seam.
Image25 Place the new carpet sections beneath the originals and use them as patterns for where to mark slits and openings with tailor chalk for fasteners, such as seat track mounting bolts and seatbelt anchor bolts.
Image26 Place the new carpet section (in this case, the rear) in place and check the fit of the carpet in the vehicle. Be sure the chalk marks are in the correct spots before cutting or making holes. The original front section is still in place for reference. We also placed the console back exactly where it mounts to confirm the location of the rear bolt hole. Remember, measure twice and cut once.
Image27 Remove the original front carpet and replace it with the new carpet section. Before final trimming of the carpeting, install the sill plates to hold the sides of the front and rear carpeting in place to prevent the pieces from moving. Using the sill plates, check to be sure that the bound seam is in the same location on both sides.
Image28 Here’s the finished product. Prior to completing the interior install, we reconditioned the console and sourced a pair of reproduction sill plates from YearOne to complement the new carpeting, along with a set of period-correct Bowtie rubber carpet mats. The interior of the Camaro looks like new, and thanks to the Quiet Ride Solutions insulation kit, it’s quieter and cooler than it ever was. Just sitting in the Camaro, you can almost hear Dinah Shore singing, “See the U.S.A. In Your Chevrolet.” Route 66, here we come!

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There comes a time in the life of all vehicles when the carpeting begins to show its age. Vacuuming regularly and using mats to protect it certainly does help, but ultimately the carpeting will fray and exhibit wear in exposed areas.

Every time your vehicle is parked outside, the sun punishes it with UV light, causing fading on all exposed surfaces, including the carpeting.

The carpeting in the 1967 Camaro SS was very presentable, considering its age. Removing the carpet mats revealed that the heater core had once leaked. The passenger-side front carpet showed extensive discoloration of the floor area and extreme deterioration of the carpet fibers and backing at the base of the toe board. When we attempted to pull up the passenger-side front carpet for a better look, the jute padding under the carpet had bonded itself to the tar underlayment. In short, it was obvious that while the protected areas were still in good condition, the exposed areas were quite faded and exhibited wear and tear.

Upon removal of the carpeting, we discovered the manufacturer’s tags, identifying them as the original OEM items with product codes, dates and part numbers, confirming that this was the actual carpet set with which the Camaro was born. No matter how original you want to keep your vehicle, at some point, the carpeting will become an eyesore. Inevitably, there comes a time in the life of nearly all collector vehicles when you will need to replace the worn-out carpeting. For our Camaro, that time was now.

We chose new black loop carpeting from YearOne Inc. that is produced using the same 80 percent/20 percent rayon and nylon blend that GM specified for the Camaro when it was new. Like the originals, the carpeting is manufactured in front and back sections and is correct right down to the edge binding, heel pad and 36-ounce jute padding on the underside. The carpeting is pre-formed and fits the contours of the floorpan of the Camaro perfectly, making it easy to install with simple hand tools. When compared, the new and old carpeting looked nearly identical, except, of course, for the vivid contrast in color, to say nothing of the worn areas on the original.

While we were at it, we also decided to replace the tired, dented sill plates and protect the new carpeting with rubber mats, also sourced from YearOne. The sill plates have the correct Fisher Body logo and provided the perfect finishing touch. The Chevrolet Bowtie logo rubber carpet mats are identical to those that were offered by Chevrolet dealers as accessories when the Camaro was brand new.

This was also the perfect time to consider replacing the underlayment. Back when our cherished muscle cars were new, the factory generally used a tar-based material with padding that was glued to the floor of the vehicle. The purpose of the underlayment was to help insulate the vehicle from road noise, quiet the cabin and keep the exhaust heat out. While the tar and padding might have been state of the art 40 or 50 years ago, it’s nothing short of archaic by today’s standards. Advancements in vehicle sound and temperature control have made quantum leaps, relegating the old stuff to the trash bin of history.

Since we were removing the seats, console and carpeting, we decided to upgrade the insulation. The insulation kit we used is manufactured by Quiet Ride Solutions. Its kits are designed on a two-stage acoustical principle that bonds multiple layers of automotive insulation material to the vehicle body panels to minimize noise, vibration, harshness and reduce heat. Each kit is pre-cut for the specific vehicle application and includes detailed instructions along with everything you will need for the installation, with the exception of a scissors or knife. One of the great things about replacing the original insulation with this modern kit from Quiet Ride Solutions is that once it is installed, you cannot see it, but you will appreciate the sound reduction and cooler interior, especially on hot summer days.

Follow along with us as we revitalize the interior of the 1967 Camaro with new OEM type replacement loop carpeting and install insulation that would be right at home in a 2011 Camaro.

For Your Information:

YearOne Inc.

(800) YEARONE

www.yearone.com

Quiet Ride Solutions

(209) 942-4777

www.quietride.com

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